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Active Reading and Reflective Writing

The key to effective discourse, written or oral,  is the depth that you bring to the table.  Passion is good; it inspires you to explore those things that truly interest you.  But if you don’t know what you’re talking about, it isn’t long before you become just another boor.  So do your homework; learn your issues.  Order yourself intellectually, before entering into discussion. Continue reading

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Happy Holidays in Chicago


You must contact Mr. Wood if you are intending to go on this trip.  If you do not contact ME – then you cannot go.  I will fill seats in first come / first serve order.  And we are inviting past Senior Current Issues students to join us…so the seats will fill up fast!  Don’t be left standing parking lot waving good bye to us 🙂

I will link this to Facebook – and Schoology – and now its up to you all…to get organized.

  • We leave OHS parking lot  at 6:30 AM EST.  Be there at 6:15.
  • Take the  8:37 AM CST train from Michigan City.  (9:37 EST)
  • Arrive downtown 10:28 AM CST
  • Return trip 7:10 PM CST (Michigan City – 9:04 PM CST) 
  • Back to Muskegon by midnight.
  • Mr Wood’s tele – (616) 402-8668
  • Mr Wood’s email –
  • Michigan-City-directions
  • Weather updates from Chicago
  • Permission do not need to redo this if you did one for Saturday. 

A Change in plans for Travelers.... Merry Christmas to the skippers…you can come with us if you’d like to.   You are however at the tail end of the list if we do not have enough drivers.  Don’t tell anybody it will ruin my reputation as Ebenezer Scrooge

Please go here for a letter regarding the Oakridge skip day of November 28 and our Holiday Trip to Chicago.

What I will need – is EVERYBODY who is going And that means those of you who said that you were in for Saturday – must email me.  And confirm that you are going – even if you did so for Saturday 17th.  If you did not confirm prior you must do so now – but you can still go – plans have changed.  The key here is communication – I need to know exactly how many travelers we will have before we show up at the school on Thursday morning.  So, get organized.  Talk to your buddies.  Get back with me at or call at 616-402-8668 to confirm.  

Hey guys…its the holiday season, which means its time for Senior Current Issues (and all the foreign kids) to make the Christmas trek to Chicago.  Every year we do this…and every year we have a great time!  We meet in Grand Haven (8:00 AM.)  We carpool (no student drivers) to Michigan City, Indiana.    And then we take the Southshore line train into the Windy City ($8.50 one way).  It drops us smak dab in the middle of town – directly under Millennium Park. We head up the stairs and scatter.  Go where you want.  Have a great time.  Meet back at the train – the return trip will depend on weather and plans.  We will confirm return time prior to going – so parents will know times before we leave.

We have drivers – 22 available seats

  • Mr Wood – School Van – 7 seats
  • Mr. Frechen – School Van – 7 seats
  • Mr. Lohman – 4 seats
  • Mr. Taylor – 4 seats

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Last King of Scotland – ACR #7

In like some horrible way he was a puppet come to life, he was like a plaything of the empire that turned around and said “boo!”  

Amy Blancolli Houston ChroAminnicle

First of all this is a totally optional assignment.  If you choose to do it, and you earn an A or B, I will replace your low 30/60 point grade with this grade.  If you choose not to do it – no harm, no foul.  So if you are a go… you must make three substantial posts.

Dr. Nicholas Garrigan was a fictional character in the film The Last King of Scotland.  When I first found this out I was angry.  I felt like I had been lied to.  I mean the entire movie, in the back of my mind I’m thinking how in god’s name can a young “wet behind the ears” white Scottish doctor get this close to one of history’s real monsters.  Come on; he shoots the damn cow.  He trades uniforms with Amin.  He runs around at Amin’s pool party and ends up having sex with one of his wives.  That’s crazy!  And at the end he escapes?  And not just escapes – he gets out in the raid at Entebbe! Continue reading

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Catch the Trade Winds in your Sails…SCI 2022 “A Letter to Me’

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than by the ones that you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.”  – Mark Twainsailing-into-the-sunset-37441

Well guys, time to move on.  So much, so much to do, to see, to taste.  To touch and shape.

The world awaits – your passion and perspective.  Your challenges are many; your future is filled with possibilities.  To sample it all, to make a difference; you gotta be Awake.  Part of that awareness come from the courage to reach into the future and mold your path; to see your possibilities.  Your final  assignment in Senior Current Issues will provide you an opportunity to do just that.  Your “Letter to You” counts 50% of your Final (Fishline Timeline is the other 50%) and 33% of your MP#4 grade and must be posted to Schoology by 11:59 PM on Tuesday May 30.  Anytime prior to the posting date is preferred…it is up to you.

I want you to write a letter to you.  You will date that letter June 1 2022 – you have been out there in the real world for five years.  The letter is first person – you to you.   Talk to yourself.  Look back on your past five years following graduation…tell you how this whole life of yours has played out.  School, family, friends, travel, and work.   It’s your letter so you can take it anyway you want it to go.  But remember – five years from now crying over the senior video in the auditorium on the last day of your Oakridge High School career will not be that big of deal…or if it is – you might have some bigger issues.

And after you look back five years – turn and peer into the future – where are you going?  What mountains will you climb, what lands will you travel, what kind of an adult are you becoming?   Do your best…you’ll expect that from yourself, five years from today.

For an idea to a good letter watch Celeste Wackerly (OHS c/o 2010) as she reads her Letter to Herself on May 15, 2015.  Part I.  Part II.

  • Please go here for a copy of the guidelines for you letter to you.  And remember, I’ve been doing this for a dozen years.  I absolutely promise that this letter will reach you somewhere out in the world…whether or not you want to hear from you.
  • So…there you go.
  • I promise with all my heart that I will send you your letter in five years.
  • And I hope that when it arrives it finds you
  • Awake!


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